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La Bande, San Francisco, CA

La Bande

4.2
4.2
188 Reviews
$30 and under
European
La Bande, in San Francisco Proper’s restored 1908 flatiron on Market Street, is a Cal-Med aperitif and tapas bar on the ground floor adjacent to Villon restaurant-bar, with both an inspired indoor space and outdoor patio. The outdoor space is reminiscent of a European cafe and much like the rooftop bar, Charmaine’s, celebrates the hotel’s Market Street location.

La Bande focuses on gourmet tapas and Galician conservas inspired by the Mediterranean coast, the streets of Barcelona and La Boqueria Market, curated and prepared by acclaimed Executive Chef Jason Fox, as well as craft aperitif cocktails and a vermouth program by BVHospitality, notable old-world wines, European draft beers and a retail section boasting a selection of imported European goods. Much like favorite tapas bars in Barcelona, the idea is to use the best local ingredients very simply in a space that inspires friends to come together and share a meal in the European spirit.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Basque, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (628) 895-2039
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jason Fox
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you are celebrating an intimate milestone or gathering with colleagues and friends, we welcome events of all kinds! La Bande is the perfect location for a private events. Customized menus, developed by Executive Chef, Jason Fox are available upon request. Please reach out to info@villonsf.com if you would like to discuss a group event!
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cross street
    McAllister and 7th
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available for $9.98 every twenty minutes or $94.99 max for three or more hours (prices exclude tax).
  • Public transit
    La Bande is conveniently located one block from the UN Plaza / Civic Center BART station. Muni#39, F (Market & Wharves), and Historic streetcar also stops at Market St and 7th St.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 188 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

188 Reviews
  1. Arie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    While the staff and ambience were lovely, the food was really disappointing for a bar in The Proper. The menu was minimal to begin with, but things like the garlic shrimp and petrale sole were very bland. We ended up using a lot of their homemade hot sauce to make the food flavorful. We went at 7:30pm on a Saturday and only one other couple came in the entire time we were there, which was a bad sign. I do hope they improve, as it could be an awesome spot if they borrowed a chef from Charmaine’s upstairs.

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  2. BethG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service!! Very friendly! Food came out in a timely manner so we could easily get to The Orpheum on time. Loved the garlic shrimp and the salt cod croquetas!

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  3. PatriaA

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tapas, great service, best restaurant choice when going to the Orpheum, it’s a block away.

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  4. MarianneM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was in a group of 9 women, we all got the prix fixe menu. It was too much, we could have gotten 4 or 5 meals to share. The dessert was my favorite but all the food was great.

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  5. JonathanS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mostly pre-made small bites with a few made-to-order items. The food was good and the ambiance was nice. A good place for a quick and light pre-theatre meal.

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  6. gregN

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful tapas expertly served in a stunning, intimate environment. Perfect for a special 🌹 date!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed nine items and each were nicely prepared and tasted delicious.

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  8. AnnieOkay

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    La Bande was fine. It isn't clear on the website that all parties over 3 people will be seated outside. They do have heat lamps and umbrellas outside, but it was very windy and cold on our visit there and the heat lamps were rendered pretty much useless. The sizes for share plates were not consistent or clear on the menu, for the price of the meal, it didn't feel like a good value. The quality of the food was also just okay. The service was spotty and wasn't very organized, someone ran a few plates to our table and didn't know what they were putting down. Overall, it wasn't a great experience for us.

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  9. Klmark

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Limited menu, several items not available. Cold in the restaurant, outdoors raining. Great company.

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  10. sharl

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good menu offerings. A couple of tapas we ordered were on the salty side, but the skirt steak was delicious. Service could improve... had wave down waiters for water refills, then again for ordering dessert and coffee. Espresso was delivered, but had to ask for sugar and a spoon.
    La BandeResponded on February 1, 2024
    We are truly apologies for your experience, thank you for your feedback! we will use it for our further improvement and hope to welcome you back again.

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La Bande is rated 4.2 stars by 188 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for La Bande

45 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-3804

Additional information

  • Cross street
    McAllister and 7th
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Basque, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available for $9.98 every twenty minutes or $94.99 max for three or more hours (prices exclude tax).
  • Public transit
    La Bande is conveniently located one block from the UN Plaza / Civic Center BART station. Muni#39, F (Market & Wharves), and Historic streetcar also stops at Market St and 7th St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jason Fox
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (628) 895-2039
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you are celebrating an intimate milestone or gathering with colleagues and friends, we welcome events of all kinds! La Bande is the perfect location for a private events. Customized menus, developed by Executive Chef, Jason Fox are available upon request. Please reach out to info@villonsf.com if you would like to discuss a group event!
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